Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sun set - Cambodia PART V

Tonle Sap Lake

Tonle Sap lake is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia. We took a boat to to see the culture and the wildlife of the lake area.

If you want a relatively quick and easy look at the Tonle Sap, boat tour of Chong Khneas are available, departing from the Chong Khneas boat docks all day long.

Chong Khneas, the floating village at the edge of the lake closet.

the sun set

Guess, what this kid trying to do?

Ok, he's trying to step into the metal basin...

and now, both feet are in the basin..

and finally, he rows his metal basin like a boat.. a boat? Yeah, the metal basin is used as a boat. Most of the kids at the floating village travel around the lake with this metal basin thingy...

breezy lake

a sun set to remember

the fishermen return home with the fishes they caught

a breathless moment

Me: Look!!! the sun is going down

I'm swallowing the sun!

Red-eye Playboy bunny?

This is a must place to go!!! Tonle-sap lake, a sun set to remember!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Tomb Raider - Cambodia PART IV

Ta Prhom temple

According to Mr Bun (our guide), after Thai captured Angkor in the 15th century, the Cambodians retreated south. Angkor lay abandoned until the French 'rediscovered' it in the 19th century. By this time, the jungle had infiltrated many of Angkor's temples with enormous trees that can still be seen today.

Showing of my pass to the ticket inspector.

Mr. Ticket Inspector: How come you look so different in this photo?
Me : What? Are trying to tell me that i look "fat" in that photo?

Mr. Ticket Inspector: No. You look prettier in here.
Me : $%&!

Mr. Bun : Follow me guys. Don't get lost in the jungle, ya.
Me : How on earth can we get lost here? This path-way is going to lead us to the
temple, right? So funny of him. LOL

Ta Prhom temple is currently restored by the Indian government. Nevertheless, much work has been done to stabilize the ruins, to permit access, and to maintain its structure.

The temple of Ta Prohm was used as a location in the film Tomb Raider- Lara Croft.

The photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

Trunks of trees twist between stone pillars.
Roots of a Spung tree running along the gallery.

How i know the roots belong to a tree called Spung?

From this plate. It's spelled "SPUNG" not SPANK or PUNK.

Excited me holding the plate.

The trees spread their gigantic roots over the temple . To me, it looks like the temple has been swallowed by a huge octopus.

This is what i call "Roots of Loves". We're indeed in love!

A very hug-able root(s).

Huge root I've ever seen!! As huge as a bolster, it's even bigger.

From this view, you can see how tremendous the size of the root.

Teerak : Push harder Narak! The tree is going to fall down!
Me : We take picture first Teerak, then we push it. Smile!!

The dense jungle within the temple of Ta Prhom is eerie and romantic all at once.

The shy Apsara dancer smiles while hiding behind the twisted roots.

The unique features of the tree intertwined into the temple are quite symbolic and this make Ta Prhom my favourite temple to visit in Siem Reap. I love nature and that explains why I love Ta Phrom. PEACE

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I kissed the King - Cambodia Part IV

Bayon Temple

How does it feel to have your face carved on the stone?
Feel famous? Feel wanted?
Ever wonder, Bayon face towers depict the face of whom?

Bayon Temple was built around 1190 AD by Khmer King Jayavarman VII. It's a Buddhist temple with elements of Hindu cosmology.

The smiling image is thought by many to be a portrait of Khmer King Jayavarman VII himself.

There are 51 smaller towers surrounding Bayon, each with four faces of its own. Four faces, looking toward the cardinal directions, are carved on the sides of fifty-four standing towers at Bayon Temple.

Greeting the King 'nose to nose'.

*King and I moment*
He keeps on staring at me, smiling at me without a say. Deep in my heart, with that smile on his face i know he's happy to have me around, so do I.

My new tremendous abode in Cambodia.

A place where i spend most of my time, day dreaming.

In excitement I finally got the chance to touch his lips. He didn't reject but allow with a smile.

I kissed the King on his lips. Thank him for being kind to me.

Shy me, tried to hide after caught-red-handed kissing the King.

"God Put a Smile Upon Your Face"- Coldplay

Such serenely smiling faces are carved on stone towers throughout the Bayon Temple at Angkor Thom, literally meaning the “Great City.”

On reaching Bayon, I can assure that you will be amazed by the huge structures that resemble faces.

There is still much mystery associated with the Bayon, its exact function and symbolism, and this seems only appropriate for a monument whose signature is an enigmatically smiling face.

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